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More than 35 Little Athletics WA centres across WA banded together last November as part of their annual fundraiser day supporting the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation!
Each Little Athletics WA centre took on their own challenge – ranging from lap-a-thons to tin shaking to barbeques and cake stalls – all in the name of supporting young patients staying in hospital.
Altogether, Little Athletics raised an incredible $14,000 and all those funds will go towards supporting the Artist in Residence program at Perth Children’s Hospital when it opens.
Now in its fifth year, the Artist in Resident program connects contemporary artists with young people staying at the hospital through workshops where the patients have a chance to express themselves through creating artworks in a range of mediums including textiles, clay and recyclable materials.
The program is based on maximising the benefits of arts in health and healing to enhance the wellbeing of patients during their time in hospital, while encouraging interaction between young people participating in the workshops, and providing a much-needed diversion for family members.
Little Athletics WA Chief Executive Officer Vince Del Prete said Little Athletics WA has been supporting the Foundation since its inception in 1998, and have donated more than $250,000 over the past 18 years!
“We are immensely proud of the longstanding partnership between Little Athletics WA and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation,” he said.
“The idea behind our annual fundraising day is that each individual centre can interpret the initiative however they want – they can hold a barbecue or a cake stall or a car wash or a fancy dress day – any activity which will allow them to fundraise for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for all of our clubs and it brings families and our community together and helps build the spirit and culture of our clubs.
“For our young members the fundraiser is an opportunity to give back to the community to support other young people their own age, and also to appreciate their own health and wellbeing.”
Our Chief Executive Officer Denys Pearce said the partnership with Little Athletics WA was a fantastic example of “kids helping kids”.
“Thanks to the support of Little Athletics WA, the Artist in Residence program has been a huge success supporting young people who are staying long-term at the hospital,” he said.
“The program gives young patients the opportunity to participate and learn new skills, express themselves through art and ultimately have their work displayed in an exhibition in the ‘art gallery’ at the end of each residency.
“It is a truly wonderful program, and the support of young people and their families through Little Athletics WA is a great example of young people reaching out to help others their own age.
“As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on the support of our community fundraising partners to support the hospital and are thankful for the strong support of Little Athletics WA over the past 18 years.”